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Washington DOC pays $1,000 to Settle Work Suit

Washington DOC Pays $1,000 to Settle Work Suit

In 1994, the State of Washington paid Robert Ryan Schmolke $1,000 to settle a suit. In 1989, Schmolke, a prisoner then confined at Washington Corrections Center in Shelton, Washington, was painting stripes in a parking lot when the paint sprayer that he was using stopped working. Schmolke then stopped to see what was wrong. As he attempted to clean the sprayer, the sprayer suddenly shot out a gust of paint onto Schmolke's left hand. Schmolke was taken to St. Peter's Hospital where he received surgery and medical treatment. The injury has severely limited the range of movement in his left hand. In 1992, Schmolke, through his attorney Terry E. Lumsden of Federal Way, filed suit alleging that the Department of Corrections and the State of Washington had been negligent in failing to warn, instruct, and provide safety. In 1994, the State of Washington paid Schmolke $1,000 to settle the suit. See: Schmolke v. the State of Washington, Thurston County Superior Court, case no. 92-2-01316-6.

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